Algeria continues to impose taxes on European humanitarian aid sent to population held in captivity in Tindouf camps, the European Commission said.
"Until the beginning of 2016, purchases intended for distribution in the form of donations to the Sahrawi refugees in the Algerian territory were still subject to local tax, which varies depending on products," European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides said in a reply to a written question by MEPs.
The European Commissioner said that between 2010 and 2014, the European Commission has assessed the amount of VAT paid in Algeria on local purchases of goods destined for population held in captivity in Tindouf to one million euros, or an average of 200,000 euros per year, equivalent to 2% of the annual amount of the aid provided by the European Union.
Several MEPs have questioned the European Commission about the massive embezzlement by the Polisario of European humanitarian aid sent for population held in captivity in Tindouf, and which was revealed by the European Anti-Fraud Office's (OLAF).
They noted that according to an estimate made in the last 30 years, the EU has paid between 10 and 15 million euros in taxes to Algeria.